|Prescott College Affiliation||Supporter|
|Area of Study||Environmental Studies|
|Current Job||Arader Gallery, San Francisco|
Josephine Arader, no doubt, took inspiration from her father Graham's devotion to the art of the natural world. She graduated from Prescott College with a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in conservation biology, and a breadth in religion and philosophy through the On-Campus Undergraduate Program. She studied under Tom Fleischner as his advisee and student through several courses, including the Alaska field program and Coastal Ecology in Kino Bay, and served as a teaching assistant in his Conservation Biology course.
Josephine has been living in San Francisco, working at the Arader Gallery located there, and keeping up with the Natural History Network—a national nongovernmental organization developed by Fleischner and several Prescott College alumni, among others.
“Tom’s work with the emerging Network is inspiring,” Josephine said. “I have thoroughly enjoyed watching the Network grow and saw parallels in the concurrent work the Arader Galleries had been involved in for several years.”
She sent a letter to Fleischner telling him about the Educating the Next Generation program, explaining: “It is our strong feeling that once students learn in considerable detail about the natural history of our planet, they will fight passionately to protect all living things. Once they appreciate the art and illustration of our world, they will want very much to keep it stable. As these students enter the workforce and build families, they will remember what they saw and learned and will tend to vote and act in ways that will protect the natural world going forward.”
As a demonstration of her commitment to making this project possible, Josephine offered to personally raise $300,000 to give Prescott College a collection of natural history illustrations. She helped select and personally prepared the collection—which ended up being worth $1 million—along with the accompanying catalog that the College took receipt of in September 2012, just one year after her initial letter to Fleischner.
“My father’s motivation for this project is to create a higher degree of regard for this art form in our nation’s universities and institutions by creating truly interdisciplinary centers for the study of natural history illustration, including art, art history, history, environmental science, Linnean nomenclature and entomology, to name a few,” Josephine said. This model, she felt, was already in line with her alma mater’s values and mode of operation: “This collection exemplifies what is taught at Prescott College.”